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Social housing providers as unlikely low-carbon innovators
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0688-9547
2018 (English)In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 177, p. 394-401Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Social housing providers have recently emerged as unlikely innovators of low carbon transitions in the UK residential sector. They tend to have a significant amount of influence over large housing stocks, op- portunities to access funding to retrofit on a large scale, can make explicit connections between reduced carbon emissions and improved quality of life for low-income residents, and foster a close relationship with the place and communities they serve. In effect, social housing providers are ‘middle actors’ who not only facilitate but also realise low carbon transitions through various strategies. This paper uses em- pirical findings from interviews with social housing providers in Greater Manchester to understand the different ways that low carbon and energy efficiency innovation is being undertaken in this sector. The findings reveal that as middle actors, social landlords influence upstream to policy makers and regulators, downstream to individual households, and sideways to other actors in the social housing sector as well as to other building and energy professionals. The findings reveal opportunities for governments to sup- plement their existing policies with recognising and supporting middle actors to accelerate low carbon transitions of the built environment.

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2018. Vol. 177, p. 394-401
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Social housing, Innovation, Energy, Low carbon, Retrofit
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236478DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.08.012ISI: 000447576300031Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052661172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236478DiVA, id: diva2:1256618
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Available from: 2018-10-17 Created: 2018-10-17 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved

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